Who Are We

ABOUT THE FOUNDER

Sharon Anderson – Founder and Executive Director

Born and raised in Suitland, Maryland, Sharon is a proud alumni of Suitland High School. In 2007, she completed her studies at Prince George’s Community College where she graduated with honors and received an Associates in Marketing Management degree. In May 2009, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management at the College of Notre Dame (Baltimore, MD) after returning from Taiwan where she studied aboard at Providence University.

Sharon has worked with area youth for more than 20 years. Sharon volunteered as a mentor to youth in the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Foster Care System and received an outstanding Service Award. This ultimately led her to become the instructor for its Independent Living Program teaching life skills to adolescent youth transitioning out of the foster care. Having a strong passion for mentoring and educating young women, she developed and coordinated a one-day conference entitled Star Potential, attended by over 75 young ladies, ages 9 to 23 and a subsequent forum, WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GONE: A Self Examination and Discovery on Rejection.

Today, she is the founder and executive director of GirlSpeak Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 2014 in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Their official launch/fundraiser kicked off during Women’s History Month in March 2016. They are looking forward to partnering with the Suitland Civic Association and launching their pilot program, “How’s your S.E.L.F.I.E. game?”

Ms. Anderson is the proud mother of one daughter and resides in Suitland, Maryland.

ABOUT GIRL SPEAK

As a channel for young ladies, ages 11 to 24, Girl Speak will promote self-enrichment while facilitating life lessons that will enable them to discover and appreciate themselves, permitting them to build with other young ladies as they strive to live “out loud”.  Girl Speak will offer young women an opportunity to develop their “voice” using traditional and non-traditional designed activities.


OUR MISSION

Girl Speak, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization designed to unite, educate, empower, and celebrate young ladies with and without disabilities through uniquely cultivated training, maximization of one’s potential, enrichment of various skills and transformation of the mind which will create a legacy, and a higher quality of life for themselves, their communities and worldwide


OUR VISION

Girl Speak, Inc. envisions limitless young women, equipped with the essential tools necessary to remove self, as well as, generational-imposed boundaries while developing character, confidence and self-esteem.


GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

To enhance educational, life and employable skills by addressing the overall challenges facing at risk young adults with and without disabilities.


PRINCIPLES

GIRL LIVE– confidently believe and strive to LIVE according to honorable principles.

 

GIRL DO – activity pursue your purpose and DO what must be done to fulfill your destiny.

 

GIRL BE – simply accept who you are and BE who you are meant to be.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ladel Lewis, PhD

Meet Dr. Ladel Lewis, the National Evaluation Chairperson for Blacks in Government (BIG). Inquisitive by nature, she earned her PhD in Sociology (concentrating in evaluation and race & ethnic relations) from Western Michigan University. She was recently honored with the Distinguished Alumnae Award from her other alma mater, the University of
Michigan-Flint.

With too many accolades to list, she recently was inducted into the Greater Genesee County Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball, appointed by the governor to the Citizens Review Board for Children. She is a contributing writer for ``Courageous Woman Magazine`` and will be published in their book ``What is a Courageous Woman``

When she's not busy saving the world, you can find her writing murder mystery dinners/hosting events for her entertainment company Sleuth Ink in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

She resides in Oxon Hill, MD, with her husband and son.

Mar’Tina Parker, CMP

Mar’Tina is a seasoned project management professional currently providing direction to Federal program support staff in the areas of domestic violence, adolescent pregnancy prevention, community services programs and housing and homelessness initiatives.

Having graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park she has parleyed her degree and experience into a certification in conference management, event management and federal procurement. With a passion for community service and a love for people and adolescents, she currently sits on the board for Wreck House, a non-profit geared towards helping individuals in transitioning times during their lives.

Mar’Tina owns and operates, A Beautiful Day to Remember which offers professional support for meetings, conferences and events. Lastly, she operates the professionally she operates the Beauty Bar, a mobile full-service salon which offers all services within the privacy of a home or remote location.

Her life moto is: “Look within an individual to find their personal beauty, for beauty exists in us all.``

Dick Richards

Dick is currently the President of Stafford Consulting Company, Inc., which provides IT, acquisitions and training support to Federal agencies. During his career, he has held numerous executive level management positions at several large and medium-sized Federal and Commercial contractors, and has managed organizations of 650+ professionals.
He has also founded several companies focused on IT/outsourcing consulting, as well as international voice/data communications and Internet services. He chaired two national committees involving electronic imaging, and authored two imaging standards (one international and one for the DoD). He earned an MBA in Finance and MIS from Marymount University, and a BS in Engineering Management from the United States Naval Academy.
He is proactive in Veteran advocacy, and enjoys competitive fencing at the National and International levels.

Shantuana Nelson

Shantuana is a collegiate scholar, advocate, leader, mentor, and educator. Upon graduating from college Shantuana knew she wanted to give back what was given to her, so she began her career as a substitute teacher with Prince Georges County Public Schools. She also served as a Special Education Coordinator and Positive Behavior Intervention Chair, organizing school wide events for students who demonstrate positive behavior as well as helping those students that needed a little motivation. Because of her leadership in the program, parents and teachers began to see a change in the behavior of those children.

After eight years of teaching, Shantuana was offered an opportunity in the field of Human Resources with the Department of Justice where she works as a Management and Program Analyst. Responsible for staffing for a large unit, she provides guidance and direction for their recruiting and staffing needs.

Shantuana has a passion for reaching back to her community as she serves as a health advocate for Multiple Sclerosis, an illness she has been battling for four years. She is also very active in helping others that are battling various illnesses by sharing her story and personal experience with this invisible disability. She encourages other women to be more vocal at speaking out about the various illnesses that they too have. It has caused them to change their way of life helping them to see that through exercising more and watching their diet; that they may live long full lives with whatever illness they may have.

Shantuana is a firm believer in her faith, and believes that God has a purpose for every individual on this Earth. She is determined to reach as many people as she can, motivating them to discover their purpose and how to reach their goals.